59 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

59 days in California's Central Coast Itinerary

Created using Inspirock California's Central Coast trip itinerary maker

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Monterey
— 16 nights
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Morro Bay
— 17 nights
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Santa Barbara
— 25 nights
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Monterey

— 16 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dennis the Menace Park and Monterey Peninsula Recreational Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Monterey: Pinnacles National Park (in Paicines), Moss Landing (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve) and Aptos (Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, S.S. Palo Alto Concrete Ship, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Monterey Bay Aquarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Natural Bridges State Beach, cruise along 17-Mile Drive, and go for a walk through West Cliff Drive.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Monterey day trip app.

San Diego to Monterey is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Diego in August; daily highs in Monterey reach 70°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Morro Bay.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Nature

Side Trips

Morro Bay

— 17 nights
Morro Bay is a waterfront city in San Luis Obispo County, California located along California State Route 1 on California's Central Coast. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Morro Rock and Piedras Blancas. Explore Morro Bay's surroundings by going to Paso Robles (Opolo Vineyards, Pasolivo Olive Oil, &more), San Simeon (San Simeon Pier, Friends of the Elephant Seal Visitor Center and Gift Shop, &more) and Cambria (Santa Rosa Catholic Church, Ephraim Pottery West Gallery, &more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Morro Bay State Park, explore the landscape on two wheels at Bob Jones City to Sea Bike Trail, browse the eclectic array of goods at San Luis Obispo County Farmers' Market Association, and cruise along Moonstone Beach Dr.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Morro Bay trip planning app.

You can drive from Monterey to Morro Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Monterey, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Morro Bay, ranging from highs of 79°F to lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Santa Barbara.

Things to do in Morro Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Tours

Side Trips

Santa Barbara

— 25 nights

The American Riviera

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara is a solid vacation destination with its wide beaches, renowned wineries, and some of California's finest shopping and dining options.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wine Tours & Tastings and Cabrillo Bike Path. Get out of town with these interesting Santa Barbara side-trips: Los Olivos (Barbieri Wines, Los Olivos General Store, &more), Santa Ynez (Santa Ynez Wine Trail, Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum and Janeway-Parks Carriage House, &more) and Solvang (Flag Is Up Farms, Rusack Vineyards, &more). And it doesn't end there: walk around Shoreline Park, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Santa Barbara Zoo, learn more about the world around you at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and steep yourself in history at Old Mission Santa Barbara.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Barbara trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Morro Bay to Santa Barbara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Santa Barbara

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips